HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER SERIES
What: In conjunction with local First Tuesday events, this 5th rendition of Thunderbird’s Houston Professional Speaker Series is hosted by Dr. Karen Walch who will discuss Cross-cultural Communication and Negotiations.
When: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 followed by Thunderbird “First Tuesday” networking event at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Junior League of Houston (Tea Room), 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027
Please note that Briar Oaks Lane is a “NO PARKING” zone. Please park in the parking garage.
ABOUT THE EVENT
At our last event in March, Thunderbird Professor Christine Pearson discussed the cost of incivility in the workplace. In October of 2011 Professor Mary Teagarden discussed competition in China.
In Dr. Walch’s upcoming Cross-cultural Communication and Negotiations session, on Tuesday, June 5 at the Junior League of Houston, participants can expect to come away with high understandings and capabilities in the following categories:
- Appreciate the Impact of Culture: If you only pay attention to the tangible elements of culture, and ignore the intangible, you will not meet the needs of those with whom you work. What should you be paying attention to?
- Prepare for Cultural Competence: How can you reduce the risks and maximize the opportunities inherent in cultural differences? Your success as a global leader depends on it.
- Analyze Cultural Gaps: How easy is it to detect cultural gaps? Not as easy as you may think, and if you are not attuned to those gaps that are not easily discernible, your chances for success diminish.
- Practice Cultural Due Diligence: Do you regularly develop a strategy to minimize the negative effects of actual cultural gaps? Your effectiveness as a global leader depends on it.
- Practice Style Switching: Do you have a clear sense of your own cultural identity? Style switching is most required when we are emotionally least prepared for it.
To learn more, contact Dulcinea Juarez at 602-978-7616 or email@example.com.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Karen Walch, Ph.D., associate professor and consultant at Thunderbird School of Global Management, has an academic background in international negotiation, cultural competencies, and political economy. She has several decades of experience in various business and academic contexts, including insurance, law, tourism, aquaculture, security studies, and MBA graduate education. Dr. Walch pursued a Ph.D. in International Political Economy and Negotiation at the University of WI while working in business, political, and legal settings.
Dr. Walch’s interests are in the area of political and social-psychological factors in communication and negotiation. She was the editor of the Conflict Resolution Series: Central America—Continuity and Change, UW Press. She has published in Caribbean Affairs, Journal of Language for International Business, The Thunderbird International Business Review, The Journal of Dispute Resolution, and Caribbean Choices. She is co-author of “Understanding Negotiation” (translated in Chinese), and author of “Feminist Ideas on Cooperation and Self-Interest for IR,” in Partial Truths and the Politics of Community. She is also author of “Cultural Underpinnings of Social Neuroscience,” 2008, National Academy of Science research report. Her book, Seize the Sky: 9 Secrets of Negotiation Power is forthcoming in 2011. She currently writes for Thunderbird’s blog, The World Café.